Waller Creek art exhibit promotes litter-free Austin

An art exhibit made using 1,500 used plastic bottles was completed Sept. 4 along a Waller Creek pedestrian bridge.

Approximately 800 flowers made using recycled material now line both sides of the pedestrian bridge behind the Waller Creek Plaza, according to the city. The project, part of the "Let's Can It! Austin" campaign, encourages Austin residents to respect the city's environment.

The city's Watershed Protection Department and SafePlace Expect Respect program staff combined to host eight flower-making workshops around Austin, transforming used plastic bottles into flower-shaped designs. The full exhibit, completed Sept. 4, will be on display through November, according to the city.

Volunteers and city staff remove about 250 tons of trash from Lady Bird Lake each year, with much of the debris dumping into the lake from streets, parking lots, sidewalks and parks, according to a city statement. For more information about reducing litter's impact, visit www.LetsCanItAustin.org.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.